By John Stepp For The Times-Tribune
With their second win in as many days, the Leslie County Junior League All Stars advanced to the state softball tournament with a 9-2 win over South London in the District 4 tournament finals.
Leslie County continued their hot hitting from the night before, racking up 11 hits in the game, while also stealing several bases and capitalizing on five South London errors.
“We gave them so many runs again tonight. We just made so many errors and when you do that you can’t win,” said South London coach Roger Wattenbarger. “I think we gave them five or six more runs tonight. You can’t do that to a good team like that.”
Leslie County jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the top of the first inning. South London responded, scoring two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Lexie Gibson led South London off with a double and scored two batters later on a single by Haley Shelby. Shelby was brought home on a double by Clarke Wyatt.
South London struggled on offense for the remainder of the game. Despite garnering six more hits, South London could not capitalize and failed to score past the first inning.
“We didn’t hit the ball tonight the same way we did last night,” said Wattenbarger. “We got hits here and there but we couldn’t put a string of hits together and we weren’t able to get any runs because of that.”
Leslie County went on to score one run in the third inning and two runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings.
Despite the loss, Wattenbarger was proud of his team’s effort in the tournament.
“I’m proud of them. They played hard and worked hard,” said Wattenbarger. “We got a late start, but they put in a good effort. We could have used a few more players, but I’m proud of them.”